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Rhodesia / Independence #65074

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 17, 1980
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(Studio) Rhodesia noted becoming independent republic of Zimbabwe; Prime Min. Robert Mugabe's call for unity quoted.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Salisbury, Zimbabwe) Transition ceremonies featured; black and white film shown. Presence of India's Prime Min. Indira Gandhi, Pakistan President Mohammad Zia ul-Haq mentioned. Meaning of word "zimbabwe" noted.
REPORTER: Mark Coogan

(Studio) Former prime minister quoted; background on Rhodesian history given. Incl. in report are Cecil Rhodes, tribal chief Lobengula, Ian Smith, UN, Henry Kissinger, Andrew Young, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, Robert Mugabe, "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's 9th; statistics with regard to population, casualties, displaced or homeless listed on screen.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Coogan, Mark;
Jennings, Peter;
Robinson, Max

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